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RING-BILLED GULL EGG DISAPPEARANCE INVESTIGATION HALTED

 RING-BILLED GULL EGG DISAPPEARANCE INVESTIGATION HALTED
 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Fish and


Wildlife Service (service) Division of Law Enforcement, at Green Bay, Wis., has announced they have found no evidence of human intervention and are halting investigations into the mysterious disappearance of ring-billed gull eggs at Renard Island, Green Bay. They are not, however, ruling out the possibility of human intervention and continue to offer a reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who may have stolen, disturbed or destroyed the gull eggs.
 Initial reports involving researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay indicated that as many as 60,000 eggs and/or young birds were missing.
 Contrary to initial reports further investigations by the service, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, have concluded that many of the eggs are still on the island and have not hatched out.
 Most of the eggs are in thick vegetation, as tall as eight feet, making them inaccessible to the adult birds which have moved on to other areas.
 By this time of year, the island normally produces thousands of young birds and their presence would be very evident in the Green Bay area. Researchers and biologists agreed that it is very unusual for an entire colony of gulls to fail to have significant numbers of young and that the answers to the questions surrounding this occurrence may take years to figure out.
 Under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is a misdemeanor to take, kill or destroy migratory birds, their eggs or nests and violators are subject to fines up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
 Anyone with information concerning violations of this act should contact the service's special agent in Green Bay at 414-433-3801.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Dreiband, 612-725-3519, or Roy Owens, 414-433-3801, both of U.S. Fish and Wildlife/ CO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Law Enforcement ST: Wisconsin IN: SU:


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